17 reviews of Rickmansworth Public Golf Course
I have been playing Tricky Ricky for nearly 2 years now and it still remains to be one of the most interesting and exciting courses around.
It can get slow out there and I've been stuck behind groups who are oblivious to you wanting to play through but that is part of the parcel on a course like this. You must be patient. Most weekdays you can have a swift round.
If you play early mornings on Sundays then watch out for a large and very rude member who thinks he owns the course! I played with some beginners once and all he could do is be loud and rude when asking (or telling us) that his group wanted to play through. We all began playing somewhere!
The staff at Ricky are excellent and helpful. The practice area is excellent for putting and chipping and the food is ok.
If you haven't played it then play Ricky now.
i played this course many many years ago,but could not remember what it was like, so i went back to cheak it out with some golf buddies.I was given a walm welcome at club house. Considering the heavy rain the night before only two greens were water loged,fairways were superb. Managed a couple of birdies and a few pars.I would recomend this course to any golfers who like a good challenge. My golf buddies loved the course, and there hard to please. we will be back for more.
I moved to Rickmansworth recently and thought I would try the local course. Thought it would be a walk over at par 65. But this is a tricky course, hilly and tight. I have now played it for more than a year and really like it.
The greens are subtle and deceptive especially No 7. Very enjoyable. The 1st is 2 clubs more as the green is so high above you. The 3rd which is SI 1 starts very high up and you need a long straight drive and the second shot is blind over a crest to the green a great hole. No 5 is a hit or mis par 3 with the green on top of a very sllep slope and a two tiered green, SI 17! The 6th which is a short par 4 is made hard as the green is tucked behind the trees on the left. No 7 is a very tight par 3 and the green light so quick with everything coming back at you. 8 & 9 are blind par 4s with tricky approaches.
The back nine starts with a longish par 3 where the prevailing wind seems to always be in your face, this continues on the back 9. 10 is tight with a really tricky green which always gets away from you. The next is a 212 yard par 3 blind over two chestnut trees amazingly hard SI 2. You get relief on the next which is an easy par 3 but starts high up with a two tiered green. the 14th has the most amazing fairway which slopes dramatically from left to right, the only way to keep it on the fairway is to hit it onto the rough on the left and hope it kicks a little right, the appraoch shot here is tight and tough with the green above you. The 15th has to be the signature hole 189 yard par 3, get your driver out! A thin green is perched above you and its almost impossible to stop you ball on the green.
Just when you think that the agony is over the 16th is a blind par 4 with trouble down the right in the disguise of a dell and everything rolls that way, your approach should always be one more club. The final hole is tight off the tee with only the pin to aim at for your second as you cannot see the green from the contours of the land.
They have grown the rough to hay in place to punish the errant shots which makes it more important to hit straight.
Come off this course playing to your handicap is a good round, proper thinking mans course.
Off the course the changing rooms and facilities are basic but the food is good. At only £19.50 at weekends this is value for money.
This a really good little course and was in excellent condition all summer - I think it was being looked after by the greenstaff from it's notable neighbour, Moor Park.
A few notable holes - the par 4 3rd is a great looking hole from an elevated tee, the 12th is a blind 200+ yard (215ish?) tee shot and the 15th is par 3 not for the faint hearted with the geen about 30 foot above you.
A short course, but don't let that put you off. An interesting course layout, which shows that you don't have to have 400- 450 yards holes to have a tough course. Like any good course, straight shots are rewarded. For the better players, it is always good to test your short game and that is what this course does. The course condition is nowhere near that of nearby Moor Park or Batchworth Park, but good enough to enjoy the surroundings.
Tricky Ricky as the locals affectionaly call it and not without reason but a great leveler. The first time I played this course I just missed breaking 100 for the first time ever but even recording a Dalmation (101) raised a few eyebrows.
The first hole Par 3, gives you an indication of what this place is all about, 130+ yards with a green some 40 foot above tee level and from there on that describes the course.
Being I am informed the ex Ladies course from next doors exclusive Moor Park Golf club the fairways and greens have excelent pedigree and are in good condition.
This is a course a novice like me can still give and old hand a game and very enjoyable. Highly recomended.
a good course that can offer a challenge or two to most golfers! the fairways are in good condition and the greens are superb. the beginer mat struggle on some of the greens. good to learn the game on but still offers a good day to the more advanced golfers. evryone is friendly but be prepared to wait on the tee's.
I played this course at the weekend with others who had previously played it and spoke highly of it. Unfortunately I was not impressed. The fairways were OK but the greens were dismal, especially the mud bath of the 17th. Lumps and bumps all over the place. But, we are just coming out of winter and people say it's much better in the summer. Apart from that it's quite a nice course with nice views and reasonably dry despite recent bad weather.
What can i say? Probably the most interesting course in this part of greater london. Forget the yardage of the whole course, you still be struggling to put a decent score in. Unbelievable holes, although the holes do change so i cant name them but the cheeky par 1, the par 3 hole with the 60 foot bank, hole 15 which is probably the hardest par 3 i have played and the excellent and challenging greens all conjures up a very satisfying round. All golfers will enjoy this whatever your handicap.
Tricky Ricky is a great short 18 hole course,living upto its nickname in more ways than one.I have been playing golf for just under a year,and this is a great course to learn your game on and hopefully improve.Fairways and greens are allways being maintained and are in excellant condition.The 19th hole has just been refurbished,providing an excellant resting place for your aching limbs.All in all a great day out at a reasonable price £12weekdays £18weekends.
A decent test for the intermediate golfer. Extremely good winter course with excellent drainage.
Awful food in the clubhouse is all that lets this enjoyable course down.
What a true Bargin, £12 weekday, the first hole sets the stall out for the rest of the course a very steep par 3 take enough club or your ball will meet you back on the tee. Everytime I've played this course the greenkeepers are always out and about, moving holes, cutting greens/fairways all in all a very well looked after course. A test for the average golfer a bit too easy for the more advanced, great couse to 'learn' the game. Can get a bit busy as there is no tee off booking or order. But perhaps the best aspect is the view, not only accross Herts but over the hedges and trees into the historic Moor park and imagining what could be. Try it you won't be disapointed.
Affectionately known as Tricky Ricky this course certainly lives up to its name.
Long it is not. However, there are a variety of ..er.. tricky Par 3s in particular. The hole numbers seem to change from time to time as they use/drop the old third but what I believe is the fifth hole demands a high short iron to a green perched atop an intimidating 60 ft high bank; the eighth and twelfth are perhaps something of a rarity blind Par 3s (and quite long); conversely, on the thirteenth you can command a view over the green from your position high up on the tee; and the fifteenth is probably the toughest Par 3 of the lot, demanding a solid long iron or fairway wood across a valley to a small green perched high on the other side.
A couple of the eight Par 4s are also no pushovers; the sixteenth in particular requires a decent drive and accurate mid to long-iron approach.
All in all, its a useful little test with some good views over Rickmansworth, Watford and beyond, good value for money and certainly one of the better public courses around.
I have only been playing for a year or so and found "Tricky Ricky" an enjoyable afternoon out. Greens are spot on, T's are now finished and no problem. Your legs will ache after playing but well worth it. A good mixture of par 3's and 4's and some very challenging greens.
I recommend it to anybody!!
Known locally as Tricky Ricky. Once you have played it you realise why. Very short course with lots of Par threes but great fun to play. The greens are normally excellant and very tough for this class of course. Certainly worth playing at least once but be prepared for lots of waiting around on tees.
A testing par 63 that is very hilly. Requires some accurate shots and a good pair of lungs. Superb greens may be unusually fast for those who tend to play on courses of this price range.
Short Course with too many par 3's. But the Greens are superb. Too Many Tee Offs under constructions and one had a spring board effect. At £14.20 at the weekend, a bit pricey as you won't be able to use all your woods.
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